A Committee To ‘Guide’ Aiyer Commission

Justice TL Venkatarama Aiyer

On April 3, 1969 the Congress-led coalition Government’s new Chief Secretary, SN Singh, set up a committee of top officers, including himself, to “assist and guide” the two inquiry commissions set up by the previous governments in Bihar — the Aiyer and Mudholkar Commissions.

These are at present inquiring into charges of corruption and misuse of power against six former Congress ministers and 14 United Front ministers. Continue reading “A Committee To ‘Guide’ Aiyer Commission”

कांग्रेस नेता चन्द्रशेखर ने १९६९ में अपनी ही पार्टी के बड़े नेताओं की आलोचना की

Chandra Shekhar, the ‘Young Turk’ who became PM
Congress ‘Young Turk’ Chandra Shekhar attacks senior party leaders in 1969

एक दिन बाद ही अखबार या तो रद्दी के ढेर में चला जाता है या फिर मूंगफली का ठोंगा बनाने के काम में आता है. पर वही पुराना अख़बार इतिहास के पहले अनगढ़ ड्राफ्ट का काम भी करता है.

रांची टाइम्स के 20 अप्रैल १९६९ की इस कतरन की हालत बताती है कि पचास साल में अख़बार के पन्ने किस तरह जीर्ण शीर्ण अवस्था को प्राप्त हो जाते हैं. छूने भर से कागज कई टुकड़ों में बिखरने लगते हैं.

इसलिए मैंने अपनी पुरानी कतरनों को डिजिटल फॉर्म में सहेजने का प्रोजेक्ट शुरू किया है.

इस श्रृंखला में पेश है मेरी हिंदी में छपी पहली रिपोर्ट. Continue reading “कांग्रेस नेता चन्द्रशेखर ने १९६९ में अपनी ही पार्टी के बड़े नेताओं की आलोचना की”

My First Guru in Journalism: Samar Sen

Samar Sen, Founder Editor of Frontier



It was in 1969 that I started writing for Frontier, a radical left weekly published from Calcutta, as Kolkata was called then.

My first article appeared in its issue dated 18 January 1969. The association would continue for a decade, until 1979 when I joined the Indian Express which did not allow staffers to write for other publications. Continue reading “My First Guru in Journalism: Samar Sen”

Naxal Found Chotanagpur Suitable for Guerrilla Warfare in 1969

Last year a militant Adivasi movement was launched by Birsa Seva Dal in Chotanagpur, Bihar. It influenced the villagers so much that they demonstrated even in the Ranchi town flashing their traditional arms.

Naxalites, who saw Chotanagpur hills as a strategic place for guerrilla war, were also active in the Dal. But they failed in their movement because the Adivasis have little faith in strangers. Continue reading “Naxal Found Chotanagpur Suitable for Guerrilla Warfare in 1969”